A family of three is now uncertain of their next move after a fire suspected to be arson completely destroying their one-storey, West La Penitence house.The fire reportedly started at the Lot 35 West La Penitence, Georgetown house between 14:00h and 15:00h on Thursday, while no one was at home.The 21-year-old owner of the property, Shelton Jordan told Guyana Times that he shared the home with his girlfriend and their only child.The distraught man revealed that he was spending sometime at a house in Providence, East Bank Demerara when he received the news that his house was on fire. Jordan explained that soon after receiving the news, he rushed to the scene but by the time he arrived, the house was completely gutted.Relatives assisting of cleaning up of debrisAccording to Jordan, investigations carried out showed that the fire could not have started as a result of an electrical connection. “When I came, the place was red red. Them saying is the wire but is nah no wire. Like them break the glass and it have a big chair right in front here whatever they throw in go in the chair and that is where the fire start,” he stated.He further stated that his suspicions are as a result of the fact that the surrounding houses were unaffected by the blaze.“I living here all the time, go away, come back and I never see any fire, had no electrical issues, how just suh fire start all of a sudden, watch how much house deh close to this one, how come this one alone burn” Jordan questioned.However, Jordan’s grandmother who lives close to the gutted house, relayed that she was alerted of the fire when she attempted to use the outhouse. According to the woman, she opened her backdoor and was startled by an intense heat.“I felt the heat and I ran in the washroom, then I saw the fire so I quickly woke up my other son who was upstairs,” she explained.The woman then proceeded to alert her neighbours who quickly formed a bucket brigade to assist in extinguishing the fire. She noted that the Fire Service was summoned and within a few, she related that fire fighters came and extinguished the flames. The house, she recalled, was already destroyed.She further revealed that her family has been occupying the said house for many years and no such incident has ever occurred. An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze. (Kizzy Coleman)
Sexual harassment in beauty pageants does not come under any category in the legislation. That was disclosed by Acting Chief Justice Roxane George as she responded to a question from a curious member of the audience at a recent forum where discussions were being held on the issue.Acting Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeThe Chief Justice said, “Sexual harassment in beauty pageants, it doesn’t fall under any of the categories that are in the legislation right now”.She explained that in those cases, most times the pageant is just called off and the affected persons are encouraged to speak out about it. Persons contend that, in such cases, there is no justice for the contestants who are victims. The Guyana Times heard that it is more of a punishment to the contestants, since under those circumstances, the pageants are usually cancelled.In April last, the most anticipated Miss Linden Beauty Pageant was cancelled two weeks before the signature event, after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct perpetrated on a delegate by a popular Linden businessman while the delegate was seeking sponsorship. The decision to quash the pageant was taken by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC). LTW Project Coordinator Devin Sears told Guyana Times Entertainment that most councillors voted against the hosting of the pageant.The incident allegedly took place at the businessman’s home on March 3, 2018. The incident was being investigated by the Police.Former Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland called for the pageant to be cancelled following the revelation of sexual exploitation. Holland, who is no stranger to pageantry, is well aware of the consequences of such an allegation, and thought it fit to make representation to call off the pageant.He described the incident as disturbing, and urged young women in pageantry to lift their heads high as they are ambassadors of the communities they represent.
A young man, who is presently before the Courts for three counts of armed robberies, was yet again remanded for a similar offence when he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Remanded: Odinga HaywoodOdinga Haywood, 22, of Charlestown, stood before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and denied that on May 29, 2019, at Charlestown, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Julius Hope of two cellular phones valued $96,000 and $10,000.Prosecutor Richard Harris did not present facts into the matter but objected to bail being granted on the basis that Haywood is a known character to the Police and is currently before the Courts on similar offences.As such, the unrepresented man was remanded to prison and the case will continue on August 23.Haywood was charged in 2016 for three counts of armed robbery. Only 20 years old then, the charge against him read that on February 21, at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, being armed with a knife, he robbed Trevor Singh of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $60,440, Ibrahim Takur of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $70,000 and Mohamed Takur of an iPhone and headset valued $122,000.He had pleaded not guilty to those charges. Meanwhile, earlier this year, Haywood was charged for possession of narcotics; however, after pleading guilty to the charge and begging the Court’s leniency, Haywood was given a second chance and ordered to perform two weeks of community service.
…Police say threats made by mischievous personsThe University of Guyana has postponed all classes for this week after a second bomb threat was directed at the institution on Thursday morning, thus resulting in the administration’s call to protect the lives of students and implement responsive measures.This is the second consecutive day in which anonymous persons issued a threat, resulting in a visit from both the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force to conduct a thorough search of the compound.The University on Thursday said that time was needed for response mechanisms to be put in place in case of any emergency and as such, all classes were suspended. On February 11, all activities are scheduled to resume as per normal, the institution in a statement said, adding that the suspension of classes would also enable the institution to assess situations which occurred over the recent days.After Police ranks completed their search, it was noted that there were “no significant threats” and further, that mischievous persons were behind these acts to disrupt the campus.“From our investigations, there is no significant threat; our investigations have revealed so far that students either by themselves or with other persons decided to be mischievous and endeavour to disrupt the existing peace and calm in society and specifically in the education sectors,” the Police stated.They maintained that action has been taken on the part of the Force so far, to respond to the threats and assess the circumstances in which they were made. A meeting was convened on Wednesday evening with Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith and other senior officials whereby “the situation was assessed and they were advised that the situation arose from mischievous students, either by themselves or other persons”.The public and, most importantly, students were advised that there is no need for “panic or undue concern”.Assurance was given by the Guyana Police Force that the investigation will continue until the suspected individuals are apprehended.Fraudsters warningMeanwhile, with reports that fraudsters have already begun capitalising on the situation, the Education Ministry sent out a firm warning to the public, cautioning them during this time to be alert.Reports are that persons are visiting homes under the pretext of investigating the school threats. Homeowners are advised to make immediate contract with the nearest Police Station and to not allow anyone onto their property.The threats started less than two weeks ago at the School of the Nations and escalated quickly when the Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot twice to the arms at his Bel Air Promenade, Georgetown home.Subsequently, students at Queen’s College and The Bishops’ High School began receiving similar threats.The first bomb threat emerged earlier on Wednesday indicating that other persons will be planting explosives at various institutions. The posts were prevalent on Facebook in the name of an unknown individual going by the name of “Ki Ra” saying, “This is not the end.”Parents of students who attend School of the Nations staged a picketing exercise, calling for a swift investigation despite efforts by the institution to beef up security at the entrance with added Police presence.They have even offered a $1 million award for anyone who can provide credible information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
To accurately measure how this house measures in energy consumption compared to a typical home, a couple has been living in the house since January of this year. Catherine Ruddell and Paul Gillis are that couple.They are hosting an open house on November 14th and 15th, from noon until 4:00 PM for those curious to take a look.Listen to Paul and Catherine talk more about the home they live in below: Across the street from the home at 9904 94th Street, there is construction going on day in and day out. But inside the quiet, insulated walls of this certified passive house, the noise doesn’t even exist.The house is airtight, maybe even a bit warm, which is surprising considering it’s the house furthest north in Canada.This is how insulated the walls and windows of Fort St. John’s passive house are. #yxj pic.twitter.com/jTFplSgaJ0— Montana (@montana_rc) November 10, 2015- Advertisement -The home costed about $363 per ft2, more than the average of $250-$350 for the typical Fort St. John home. However, the home makes grand savings on energy – as their usage is essentially non-existent compared to the average house.“Getting a mortgage is one thing, but being able to operate (the house) is yet another thing,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “So when you’ve got a home that puts money back in your pocket, that is important on a monthly basis.”Advertisement
Finn Harps Schools have announced that following on the magnificent success of the Goalkeeping Course, the club is actively supporting the Improve your Football Skills Programme.The Programme will be delivered by Finn Harps Player James Doherty who is qualified up to Youth Cert with the FAI.James has numerous years of coaching as well as years of senior level football experience behind him will ordinate a course which will provide a unique opportunity to players to be coached on a ‘one to one’ basis to improve touch, passing, shooting, defending or whatever people feel that will improve their game by a qualified coach and a league of Ireland player. For details call James on 0861054151 or via email on email@example.com FINN HARPS ANNOUNCE FOOTBALL SKILLS PROGRAMME was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps Skill programme
Sister Sara’s has re-established its position as one of the best pubs in Donegal, since re-opening earlier this month under new management.Since it re-opened, Sister Sara’s has consistently provided top class entertainment every weekend for it’s loyal band of customers.Next weekend promises to be the best one yet, on Friday August 29th the much revered Garth Brooks tribute act Gary McEvoy takes to the stage. This weekend, The Workmates will perform in the live lounge on Friday night, and a large crowd is expected to attend both gigs.On Saturday, you can watch Arsenal and Everton and afterwards there will be a super-pub disco to get you in the party mood.Highland Radio’s Paddy Friel will be spinning the discs and will play all your favourites.On Sunday watch the All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Mayo, and the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Sunderland on one of our many top quality HD Plasma TV’s. GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE ACT NEXT WEEKEND AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewsSister Sara’sWEEKEND LINE-UP
A Sasol Oil plant. The petrochemicals giant has pioneered the technology to produce oil, petrol and other chemicals from coal. (Image: Sasol, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library.)MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSasol, South Africa’s multinational fuel and chemicals giant, has opened a R70-million (US$8.9-million) Fuels Application Centre in Cape Town, in the company’s biggest intervention to test the impact of its fuels on vehicle performance and greenhouse-gas emissions.Opened on Friday, the centre is one of a handful of such test facilities in the world, and the first of its kind in southern Africa. It is an extension of the existing fuels research facility situated at the Sasol R&D facility in Sasolburg and adds to the work done at the Sasol Advanced Fuels Laboratory at the University of Cape Town.Established in 1950 as a state-owned enterprise, Sasol invented and perfected the technology for making petrol and diesel from coal. Its main plant in the province of Mpumalanga – the only commercial coal-to-liquid plant in the world – produces about 150 000 barrels of synthetic fuel a day and meets about 28% of South Africa’s annual fuel needs.The new Cape Town facility will use some of the most advanced engine-testing and emissions-measurement technologies, helping Africa compete with the world’s best fuels research facilities.But unlike similar international test centres where the focus is on routine engine production verification, certification and component development, the new facility aims to improve understanding of vehicle emissions and their impact on the environment.“This facility has six engine test cells that are used for research and testing,” Willem Louw, Sasol Technology managing director, said in a statement. “Inside each cell is a specific engine that is coupled to a dynamometer – an electrically controlled brake to simulate vehicle operating conditions – so that the engine can be run under the entire scope of operating conditions that it would in its normal application.”The facility will look at both the performance of fuel in the engine and the gasses and particulate matter emitted from the exhaust pipe. Three of the six cells have the ability to analyse these gases accurately, making it possible to determine the effects of various fuel formulations on exhaust emissions in an effort to help minimise greenhouse gas emissions.Speaking at the launch, Sasol chief executive Pat Davies said the centre will showcase local innovation. “This centre will facilitate state-of-the-art fuels research and development while showcasing the best of our home-grown technology, from the African continent, to the rest of the world.”Sasol has embarked on a programme to research and find the best mix of solutions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. This includes renewable energy projects such as solar, wind, biomass and algae power, and work on carbon capture and storage.“We are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result from the use of our products,” Louw said. “We want to help reduce emissions in ways that result in least cost to society and our economy.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated articlesLiquid fuel from coalSA delves into carbon storage Corking carbon emissions Investing in a clean future Sasol on Dow sustainability indexUseful linksSasolDepartment of Energy Department of Science and Technology
Passengers who think airports are crowded now should brace themselves to deal with twice as many people by 2035.The International Air Transport Association is predicting passenger numbers will almost double from 3.8 billion this year to 7.2 billion in 2035 based on an annual compound average growth rate of 3.7 percent.But it warned of long delays for passengers and flights unless air transport stakeholders work together to improve infrastructure.The airline industry group also cautioned a strengthening of the current trend towards trade protectionism could cut growth to 5.8 billion, affecting aviation jobs and the global economy, as barriers slow growth to an annual compound growth rate of 2.5 percent.”Economic growth is the only durable solution for the world’s current economic woes, ” IATA director general Alexandre De Juniac told the World Passenger Symposium in Dubai on Tuesday. “Yet we see governments raising barriers to trade rather than making it easier. If this continues in the long-term, it will mean slower growth and the world will be poorer for itBased on the 3.7 percent growth figure, IATA forecasts the Asia-Pacific region will be the biggest growth driver with China tipped to provide 817 million new passengers annually in 2035 and displace the US as the world’s biggest aviation market.The US will gain an additional 484 million passengers to retain second place while India, with an additional 322 million passengers, will replace the UK in third place.Indonesia and Vietnam are also forecast to grow quickly to round out the top five with 135 million and 112 million new passengers, respectively.Routes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific will grow at 4.7 per cent to see an extra 1.8 billion passengers a year in two decades’ time to bring the overall market size to 3.1 billion.North American growth of 2.8 per cent annually will see 1.3 billion passengers travelling each year, up by 536 million, while Europe will record the slowest growth rate of 2.5 per cent to add 570 million passengers and hit 1.5 billion travellers annually by 2035.The Middle east will continue to grow strongly at 5 per cent per year to add 238 million passengers annually by 2035 and bring to total market size to 414 million passengers. The United Arab Emirates will top the region’s growth at 6.3 per cent a year.Africa is also expected to see strong growth of 5.1 per cent annually for a total market of 303 million passengers while Latin American markets will grow by 3.8 per cent annually to 658 million passengers.IATA has a roadmap to handle the growth called the Simplifying Business Program which includes initiatives to make airport and security checkpoints more efficient, provide customers with better real-time information and improve the way tickets are issued and itineraries recorded.Part of this is proposal called One Identity, which would mean passengers would need to prove their identity just once and eliminate the need for repeated ID checks.But whether the aviation industry and governments are capable of coping with the massive growth remains to be seen.De Juniac called for players in the air transport industry to work together to embrace “speed, innovation to meet the challenges of growth and rising passenger expectations’’.But he warned of problems with airport and airspace capacity, citing rising congestion in Europe and potential issues in the Gulf region and China.“I fear we may be headed for an infrastructure crisis that will impact air travellers,’’ he said. “Inadequate infrastructure negatively impacts the passenger experience in the form of flight delays, longer routes and inefficient schedules.“Then there is the cost to economies of lost business opportunities, employment and social development. Remember aviation is a critical catalyst for economic and social development, supporting 63 million jobs and some $2.7 trillion in economic impact.”IATA also released a survey of almost 7000 passengers which showed travellers wanted to do more of the traditional check-in processes before they arrive at airport and more than 70 percent now using online facilities.A big number wanted to travel to the airport luggage free, with 26 per cent wanting their luggage picked up at home and 24 per cent wanting to drop off their bags “off airport’’.Security and border control processes were seen as the biggest “pain points’’ and passengers were also keen to pass through security without having to remove personal items. Four out of 10 chose their route based on their airport transfer experience.The survey found in-flight wi-fi had gained in popularity and more than half of passengers wanted to connect during their journey, up 12 per cent on 2015.Some 85 per cent also said they were prepared to share personal data to allow airlines and airports to offer them a more customised travel experience.
Johannesburg, Monday 17 August 2015 – Brand South Africa will engage with various stakeholders from Gauteng in a workshop on Wednesday 19 August.• Download press releaseThe workshop seeks to unpack the ways in which the province can contribute to the country’s competitive advantage. The stakeholders include decision makers from government, media, civil society and business. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss reputational and competitive advantages as well as challenges in the province.The workshop will introduce participants to Brand South Africa’s programmes – the South African Competitiveness Forum and the Nation Brand Master Class. The Nation Brand Master Class seeks to train and equip marketers as well as communicators with the necessary skills to profile the South African Nation Brand. The South African Competitiveness Forum is a platform where Brand South Africa unpacks how to improve competitiveness.Media are invited to participate in robust discussions at the session which will include a South African Competitiveness Forum Focus group, followed by a Nation Brand Masterclass.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date: 19 August 2015Time: 08h00 -17h00Venue: Gauteng Investment Centre (GIC), The Place, 1 Sandton Drive, Cnr Sandton & Alice LaneRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Boitumelo Mpete at email@example.comProgramme• Download programmeAbout the South African Competitiveness Forum and Nation Brand Master ClassThis session will not only provide the participants with the knowledge and tools required to shape messages and images to position South Africa, but also allow for provincial experts to provide input into the country’s overall competitiveness and reputation management strategy.The outcomes of the engagements with stakeholders equips Brand South Africa with the necessary information to assess South Africa’s reputational and competitive advantages and challenges in order to share these finding with key decision makers in government and in business.